Despite the heavy rains in the city of General Santos and the holiday due to the country’s celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence, employees of Region 12’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), SM City GenSan, ABS-CBN, Brigada and LGU GenSan and other agencies and private company representatives, brought their services to SM City GenSan for the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK), a government and private sector partnership in order to provide employment, increase sales of Region 12 products and encourage more entrepreneurs in the region. This event is a conclusion of the TNK activity which was previously conducted during the Labor Day last May 1.

Scenes from the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan (TNK) Opening Program in General Santos City.

TNK was implemented to realize Ambisyon 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development particularly ensuring and decent work and economic growth among others.

TNK’s Opening Program was held in the morning of July 12, with the Opening Remarks given by Councilor Lulu Casabuena, whom Gensan City Mayor Ronnel Rivera sent in his behalf. Casabuena complemented the SM City GenSan for holding its own Flag Raising Ceremony earlier that morning wherein the management recognized its outstanding personnel who displayed honesty and loyalty at work. She also recognized the effort of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry for being so committed to end the bondage of poverty in the region. Her speech was succeeded by messages of support coming from the different heads of the line agencies directly responsible for the event.

Ibrahim K. Guiamadel, Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry 12 in his message stressed the importance of having a collaboration between DTI and DOLE to alleviate the people in our region from poverty. Expressing himself in Filipino, he said, “Andito po ang aming ahensiya, handang umalalay sa inyo at nang inyong maramdaman ang presensiya ng gobyerno.”

Meanwhile, DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano gave his message of support to the conduct of TNK and expressed gratitude to the DTI XII for partnering with DOLE XII. He expressed optimism that because of the event, more people will be given an opportunity to earn either by getting employed or by venturing into business.

The messages were followed by a MOA Signing of the TNK between DOLE XII, DTI-XII and other concerned Government Agencies.

DOLE 12 also made a turn-over of livelihood grants to their beneficiaries while DTI 12 gave Certificates of Recognition to the accredited micro-financing institutions of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3).

The Opening Program was followed by a short Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the TNK Business Trade Fair and Signing of Commitment Wall to end poverty at the Atrium of SM City GenSan. Following it was an Entrepreneurship Training in the afternoon which covers Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting and Marketing. This was continued the day after with a lecture and write-shop on Business Plan Preparation.

Also, happening in Day 1 is the provision of One-stop employment and legal services by agencies such as POEA, OWWA, PRC, NCMB, NLRC, RTWBP, SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG for more comprehensive services to job seekers, new graduates 

and workers re-entering the labor market. On the other hand, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) offered business advisory services facilitated by the Negosyo Center General Santos City and the DTI Senior Business Counselors all over the region. Business advisory services includes information services on business name registration, access to finance, specifically in the availment of the P3 Program and business legitimacy and Negosyo Center programs. Entrepreneurial Mind-setting and opportunity-seeking advices were also given. Promotion of seminars and trainings were conducted.

During the second day of the TNK, DTI gave a continuation of the Entrepreneurship Seminar which was given the previous day. A lecture on Business Plan Preparation was given by Business Counselor Manuel Jayme in the morning and the participants did a write-shop of their respective business plans, which the Negosyo Center business counselors assisted and critiqued in the afternoon.

TNK yielded the following result: First, For the Trabaho Aspect, on-the-spot hiring of 15 people, 3 of whom are for overseas and the rest are for local employment, was reported because of the TNK. Around 1,180 applicants have submitted resumes to some 65 hiring companies that participated during the event. Categories of hiring companies are malls, pharmaceutical, hardwares, lending, aquaculture, office supplies, travel and tours, meat packing, fishing, manpower agencies and packaging. Meanwhile, while the others waited for the result of their application, among 81 near hire applicants, 41 availed of the DTI business advisory services to get information on the business opportunities available for them.

Second, the Negosyo aspect, comprised of a Trade Fair showcasing the different products from each province and cities in SOCCSKSARGEN, generated some total sales of Php 363,816. The DTI 12 – Negosyo Center Team who gave business advisory services served 18 potential MSMEs and 11 existing MSMEs. A total of 125 participants, 109 of which are Overseas Filipino Workers while the rest are walk-in applicants have attended the Entrepreneurship training. Simultaneous with the event in the center is the processing of Business Names wherein at least three Business Name Applications were approved on-the-spot. On the other hand, the booth that DTI 12 placed for queries, reading and dissemination of information materials was visited by 45 clients. Dubbed as Sustained, Upbeat, Protected, Empowered and Responsible (SUPER) Consumers info-booth, through it, at least 14 types of information materials were distributed.

Third, for the Kabuhayan aspect of the event, the Department of Labor and Employment 12 gave some Php 6.057 M worth of livelihood packages to LGUs/associations and cooperatives with a total of 3057 beneficiaries. Said LGUs and associations are: 1) LGU-Alamada with 209 beneficiaries; 2) BGU Bula, General Santos City with 36 beneficiaries; 3) LGU Sto. Niño with 28 beneficiaries; 4) CAMPCO Polomolok with 3006 beneficiaries; 5) LGU T’boli with 200 beneficiaries; 6) NRCO with 28 beneficiaries. Out of the Livelihood Fair, a total of Php 40,064 sales were generated.

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